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Yahoo announces first round of layoffs as it trims 15 pct of workforce

SAN FRANCISCO - Yahoo Inc. announced Wednesday it will lay off 107 employees in the first of what is expected to be more than 1,500 job cuts.

Google search chief Singhal to quit, to be replaced by AI head

Google parent Alphabet Inc. said Amit Singhal, the longtime chief of its Internet search business, will leave the company and be replaced by the head of the technology giant's artificial intelligence business.

Ford will expand self-driving test car fleet to 30

LAS VEGAS - Ford Motor Co. said Tuesday it plans to triple to 30 the size of its fleet of self-driving test cars as part of an effort to accelerate autonomous vehicle development.

Facebook's Zuckerberg unveils 2016 plans for artificially intelligent butler

NEW YORK - Mark Zuckerberg wants to build an artificially intelligent assistant in 2016 to help run his home and assist him at work, the Facebook Inc. founder and chief executive said on Sunday.

Facebook must face shareholder class actions over IPO

NEW YORK - A federal judge has certified two shareholder class action lawsuits accusing Facebook Inc. of hiding concerns about its growth forecasts prior to the social media company's initial public offering in May 2012.

Google developing new messaging app: WSJ

Google, part of Alphabet Inc., is building a new mobile messaging application to better compete with rival services such as those offered by Facebook Inc., The Wall Street Journal reported.

Apple partners with UnionPay to launch payment service in China

Apple Inc. said on Thursday it had partnered with China UnionPay to launch payment service Apple Pay in China for China UnionPay cardholders by early 2016.

Samsung appeals Apple patent 'windfall' ruling to US Supreme Court

NEW YORK - Samsung took to the US Supreme Court on Monday in a last-ditch effort to pare back the more than $548 million in damages it must pay Apple for infringing the patents and designs of the iPhone.

Vandals attack Facebook building in Germany

BERLIN - Vandals have damaged a building housing Facebook's offices in Hamburg, smashing glass, throwing paint and spraying "Facebook dislike" on a wall, police in the northern German city said on Sunday.

Twitter looks to make money from ads aimed at logged-out users

Twitter Inc. said it was testing a feature to show advertisements to people who read tweets without logging in, as it tries to make good on its long-time ambition to monetize non-active users.